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Archives for September 2016

Food trucks this fall

Photo of food truck serving customerHave you heard about UNCG’s Food Truck Tuesdays? Two food trucks will be outside the EUC (College Avenue entrance) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. For example, on a recent Tuesday, BaconEssence and Mixed Koren Bistro were serving lunches there.

Food Truck Tuesday will run every Tuesday through Oct. 11.

Music lessons at UNCG

The Private Lessons Program of the UNCG Community Arts Collaborative is enrolling students on piano, voice, violin, guitar, flute and more. The program engages UNCG musicians from undergraduate to doctoral level as instructors. It’s an opportunity for you or your child to have a music experience customized to your goals – upcoming auditions, school solos, serious study, experimentation, or just fun.

For more information, visit https://vpa.uncg.edu/lessons.

UNCG Researchers Seeking Participants for Survey on Relationships and Families in Guilford County

Researchers in the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development are conducting a study to inform the new Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI), which is a community-wide initiative to infuse the local community with resources and information to support safe, healthy, and satisfying relationships. The HRI is being launched in partnership with the Phillips Foundation and a number of other community partner organizations.

The focus of this study is to learn about the perspectives and resource needs related to relationships and families among residents of Guilford County. To be eligible to participate in this study, prospective participants must be at least 18 years of age and currently reside in Guilford County. Eligible volunteers will be asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire that will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The study will be conducted anonymously, and participants who complete the survey will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of two $100 store gift cards.

To learn more or participate in this research study, please visit the following web site: goo.gl/rEiOkX

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in this study, please contact Dr. Christine E. Murray, Associate Professor in the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development, at 336-334-3426 or cemurray@uncg.edu.

Paul Kocher, a freshman in UNCG Beyond Academics, makes history

090716Spotlight_KocherThis summer, Paul Kocher made history as North Carolina’s first state legislative intern with Down syndrome.

The first-year UNCG Beyond Academics student spent his summer working in Rep. John Bradford’s office helping with events, interacting with lawmakers and attending committee meetings.

Kocher’s favorite tasks were applying Bradford’s signature wax seal to constituent letters and navigating the tricky hallways of the North Carolina legislative building to deliver mail to three different offices.

But the highlight of Kocher’s summer was attending debates on the House floor – a privilege reserved only for pages. With honorary page credentials, however, he was able to attend debates and votes. Bradford would look back at Kocher for a thumbs up or thumbs down before each vote.

By Jeanie Groh

Visual: Kocher and Bradford, r-l. Photograph by Martin Kane.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Looking ahead: Sept. 7, 2016

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m., Moran Commons, Room 109

Women’s soccer vs. Liberty
Thursday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. NC A&T State
Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m.

Collage concert
Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Artist’s talk, Hank Willis Thomas
Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Conference, Treatment of Adults with PTSD & Comorbid Disorder
Friday, Sept. 16. Registration deadline Sept. 11 (Contact Social Work dept.)

Kaplan Center for Wellness dedication
Friday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m.

Welcoming Students Back to UNCG

For the past six years on the first two days of classes, UNCG has seen a flood of lime green scattered around campus. Students wearing these lime green shirts with “Ask Me” on the front are known as UNCG SPEARS. These student volunteers are placed all over campus to point the way for new students trying to navigate our campus. This August, 197 students participated in the SPEARS initiative and were seen helping answer questions and guide students. New Student Transitions & First Year Experience hopes to continue seeing more students participate as a SPEAR in the future. If you have a student group interested in participating, please contact Elizabeth Stewart (eastewa2@uncg.edu) in NST & FYE, and be on the lookout for more lime green in January.

Treats from bygone years, at Jackson Library

Join the University Libraries for “Vintage Viands: The Roaring Twenties,” a chance to taste treats made by University Libraries’ staff. The recipes come from UNCG’s authentic 1920’s Home Economics Collection.

When: Friday, September 23, 2016, noon – 2 p.m.
Where: Jackson Library Reading Room, 1st floor

1920’s attire is encouraged but not required.

Dr. James Fisher

Photo of Dr. James Fisher .Dr. James Fisher (Theatre) received an accolade. His “The Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Beginnings” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) has been selected by the Library Journal as a Best Reference Book of 2015.

Dr. Zhenquan Jia

Photo of Dr. Zhenquan Jia.Dr. Zhenquan Jia (Biology) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Novel Carbon Nanodots against Vascular Inflammation.”

Dr. William Mills-Koonce

Photo of Dr. William Mills-Koonce.Dr. William Mills-Koonce (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Integrating Demography and Biosocial Stress Models of LGBTI Family Formation.” Although there  is very high interest in the demography and welfare of families headed by lesbian and gay (LG) parents, there is currently very limited longitudinal research on LG families or the transition to LG parenthood, the abstract notes. “The current research will use both secondary data  analyses of longitudinal national datasets such as the U.S. Census and American Community Survey to examine within-state changes in rates of LG family structures over the past 10 years and how these changes correlate with state-level sociopolitical climates and public policies pertinent to LG family formation. This will be followed by a pilot study that will explicitly examine how sociopolitical and  ecological factors are associated with decisions regarding family formation and  LG family functioning as mediated by individual mental health, relationship stability and stress load.”

Dr. Allan Goldfarb

Photo of Dr. Allan Goldfarb.Dr. Allan Goldfarb (Kinesiology) received new funding from mediUSA for the project “Influence of cycling insert on power, efficiency, oxygen consumption, and performance.” Cycling efficiency is important aspect for performance. A key factor that can improve biomechanical efficiency and possibly prevent injury is the position of the foot within the cycling shoe and the transfer of forces to the pedals, the abstract states.  This study will evaluate energetic and biomechanical measures as they relate to cycling performance and the effect of custom cycling orthotics (CCO’s) on the outcome variables.

See/hear: Sept. 7, 2016

See a video clip from the 2016 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards, for the Gladys Strawn Bullard, Excellence, and Service Awards. See a video clip from the 2016 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards, for the Gladys Strawn Bullard, Excellence and Service Awards.
Cherry Callahan, Chris Gregory, Maggie Jones, Tiffany Boley, Patti Sink and Travis Hicks are featured in the film. Each honoree speaks to the university’s motto of “Service,” perhaps none more eloquently than Dr. Callahan: “The satisfaction of knowing that “service” is at the core of my being is what matters most to me,” she says.